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Monday, April 12, 2021
FIFA Officials Join Referee Corner Live @ 6:00pm

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www.islandstats.com and the Bermuda Football Association have joined forces again this season in a bid to encourage more Referees to join the ranks.

This segment will see FIFA Referees, and Assistant Referee’s join to talk about the International Level of Football and what it takes to stay on the level.

Oshane Nation, Nicholas Anderson, Stephanie Yee Sing, and Daneon Parchment all from Jamaica will join.

 
 
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Trott's West Ham United Hang On for Victory

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Nathan Trott was an unused substitute as his teammate Jesse Lingard continued his stunning form with West Ham United by scoring twice in the first half to set them on course for a crucial victory over fellow Champions League hopefuls Leicester City.

The two sides came into the weekend occupying the last two Champions League spots before wins for Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday nudged West Ham down to sixth place.

But David Moyes' men showed they are up for the challenge of qualifying for Europe's top club competition for the first time, climbing back into fourth after going 3-0 up against Leicester, who had the hosts hanging on after a late rally.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Bermuda's English Footballers Round-Up

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NAHKI WELLS

Nahki Wells and is Bristol City teammate's 41st game of the Championship season saw Nottingham Forest visit Ashton Gate.

Wells and his teammates were looking to end their run of negative results at home.

After a two-minute silence in memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Wells, and his Bristol City teammates ended a run of seven straight home defeats in the Championship as they held Nottingham Forest to a goalless draw.

JONTE SMITH

Jonte Smith and his Woking teammates traveled to take on Eastleigh.

Smith started the match on the bench, but in the 6th minute Sam Ashford went down injured, he was replaced by Smith.

In the 57th minute, Leo Hamblin replaced Smith, as the teams played to a scoreless draw.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Wells Reacts to Claims Players have Stopped Caring

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Nahki Wells insists the Bristol City squad are fully committed to ending a difficult and challenging 2020/21 season on a high, writes James Piercy Sports Editor of Bristol Live.

Bristol City has lost three and drawn one of their last four fixtures against teams positioned 11th or lower in the table with manager Nigel Pearson questioning levels of commitment and standards in the wake of their 3-1 loss against Coventry City on Easter Monday.

Frustrated supporters have claimed the level of performance displayed over the Easter Weekend, against Coventry and Stoke City three days earlier, is the hallmark of a squad going through the motions ahead of the summer.

Pearson has conceded that confidence and form within too many individuals is at a low ebb and a number of meetings and small team-bonding exercises, such as going for walks, have taken place to try and build collective spirit once again.

"I wouldn't say there's a lack of care, because as footballers we all care - 100%. But we have to find it in ourselves as individuals, and collectively, it will be brought out in a performance," Wells said.

"We take it with a pinch of salt (the criticism). I can't really speak for everyone, I have never been involved in a fixture at any football club where I haven't always cared.

"We're all really proud to wear this shirt, in facilities and stadiums like this but effort can't lack, desire, can't be lacking and not giving 100%. And at times we haven't done that. Because of that, at this level, you can come off short if you don't."

Bristol City is 14th, 14 points above the relegation zone, and 17 below the playoffs, with nothing tangible to play for in terms of what constitutes definitive success and failure, with Nottingham Forest the visitors to Ashton Gate on Saturday.

But Wells insists each individual at the club has their own motivations for delivering strong performances between now and the end of the season, which then needs to come together as a collective.

"It can be difficult to find the motivation [to focus on a league position when stuck in mid-table] but the gaffer has been immediately on top of us that that's not the way he wants us to go out this season, just finishing in mid-table," Wells added.

"We're better than that and the demand has to be higher to all finish as high as we can.

"Each and every one of us has a different motivation, a different circumstance. People's contracts are on the line, people still playing for their future at this football club. Under-par performances can discard you from the future.

"I'm driven to continue working hard and performing well and show my worth and that's got to be the aim until this season ends.

"Everyone has their motives but it's about coming together as a unit and using those desires and motivation to help us benefit as a football club."

Wells set himself an ambitious target of 25 goals this term but has often found himself out on the wing, rather than through his preferred position in the middle, which has limited his impact in the 18-yard box.

"This season has been a difficult season. In terms of my goal tally, I'm not happy with that," he said. "In terms of performances, I feel I've performed quite well for the most part. The goals don't justify what I've done.

"I've probably played more than half a season as a wide player, which is foreign to me, I've never done that before in my career. Circumstances have led to managerial decisions to take those measures and I feel I've done okay there.

"I don't think it gets the best out of me personally, I genuinely don't, but when I play there I don't feel I put too much of a foot wrong. I've done my duties as a wide player and some of our best results have come from that.

"But I'm not happy with how the season has gone. But I think the majority of the squad probably feel the same."

 
 
Thursday, April 08, 2021
CONCACAF Announce Dates for Gold Cup Preliminaries

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Bermuda’s International Summer schedule just got busier as CONCACAF has confirmed that the 2021 Gold Cup Preliminary Rounds will take place from July 2nd – 6th, 2021, at the Inter Miami CF Stadium, in Florida.

Twelve nations with included Bermuda participating in the Preliminary Rounds have qualified through CONCACAF Nations League matches, and compete for the final three available spots for the 2021 Gold Cup Group Stage.

The draw which took place in October 2020, includes six match-ups for the First Round, in which the winner of each match will progress to Round Two.

Bermuda is set to take on Barbados in Round One, if successful they will then face the winner of the match between Haiti and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. If Bermuda is successful in those two matches they will then go up against the USA, Canada, and Martinique in Group B.

The six match-ups Round One – July 2nd and 3rd, 2021 are as follows:

Matchup 1: Haiti vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Matchup 2: Guatemala vs Guyana
Matchup 3: Trinidad and Tobago vs Monserrat
Matchup 4: Cuba vs French Guiana
Matchup 5: Guadeloupe vs Bahamas
Matchup 6: Bermuda vs Barbados

The six winners will progress to a Second Round July 6th, 2021, and will play as follows:

Matchup 7: Winner Matchup 1 vs Winner Matchup 6
Matchup 8: Winner Matchup 2 vs Winner Matchup 5
Matchup 9: Winner Matchup 3 vs Winner Matchup 4

The 3 winning nations of Round 2 will advance to the Group Stage of the 2021 Gold Cup.

They will be drawn into the Group Stage as follows.

Group A: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao, and Winner Prelims 9

Group B: USA, Canada, Martinique, and Winner Prelims 7

Group C: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname, and Winner Prelims 8

Group D: Honduras, Panama, Grenada, and Qatar
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